LIFe with God: October 29

Posted on October 29, 2010

Scripture

2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why does Paul share so much detail about his suffering for the gospel? How has the “thorn in his flesh” impacted his life?

Application

There are many “Christian” teachers who state that if we are walking with Christ in faith we should never be sick, hurt, or in need. How does that teaching jibe with this passage?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, When I think about what Paul went through for the Gospel of Christ, I am in awe of the grace You gave him to continue with Your work. I confess that far too often I am ready to give up at the sight of the smallest obstacle. Strengthen me to follow Paul’s example, that I might persevere with a steadfast faith, rejoicing in the privilege of sharing the sufferings of Christ. Help me to boast only of my weakness and Your strength. Help me to continue walking in faith, even if You choose to allow a thorn in the flesh to remain. I affirm that You are good and Your word is true, and I believe that Your grace is sufficient for me, for Your power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs’s power may rest in me. Help me, for Christ’s sake, to delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and in difficulties, for when I am weak, then I am strong. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for Teachers & Administrators & School Boards

  • Godly curriculum
  • God’s wisdom in teaching and leading
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Ability to inspire a love of truth and learning

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.- Philippians 4:6

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